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Originally from: "Fredrick Rea O'Keefe" <fredrick@...
Original Subject: RESOURCE: 1,000's of DoD Films via FOI Act
Original Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 18:33:38 -0500
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SOME INTERESTING DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FILMS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
PART I - INTRODUCTION AND EXPLANATION
by Michael Ravnitzky, mikerav@...
Recently I received a large partial inventory list of thousands of
Defense Department motion picture films and videotapes. I have selected
a tiny sampling of these films that seem interesting for some reason or
other, or have remained classified for years despite evidence of some
public interest in their contents. This is just a personal selection;
please keep that in mind. There are thousands and thousands other films
out there waiting to be viewed.
The source of these film titles and catalogue numbers are the film
transfer lists and proposed transfer inventories held by the National
Archives and DVIC.
Forthcoming lists of films in various subject areas will contain the
addresses at the bottom rather than at the top.
Most of these films are either restricted in distribution or are still
marked as classified, either confidential or secret, as noted. However,
most of these films have not been reviewed for declassification or
public release in many years, or even decades. You can request a copy
of any of these films by writing to the following two addresses and
requesting a copy of the film under the Freedom of Information Act. All
of these films will be available and under the authority of one or both
of the following two addresses.
The first address is the Department of Defense [DoD] FOIA Office. Note:
in your request letter to DoD, you may wish to mention that these films
are or were under the responsibility of the Defense Visual Information
Center, DVIC, but that FOIA requests to DVIC are processed by the DoD
WARNING: The DoD FOIA Office does not like to process requests for
audio-visual materials such as motion picture films, because they are
much more troublesome than requests for paper records. Nor do they have
a very good track record in regard to processing such requests. Just
keep careful track of your requests, and send in an inquiry if an
excessive amount of time has gone by. You may need to send an appeal
letter if too much time goes by.
The second address is the National Archives office that has accessioned
some of these films--it is not entirely clear which films were
accessioned and which remain at DoD. One or both of these offices have
all of these films.
Freedom of Information Act Director
telephone: (703) 697-1160
Directorate for Freedom of Information
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301
William G. Lewis, Archivist
Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
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